German logistics operator Rigterink Logistikgruppe has taken delivery of a new Mercedes-Benz fully electric heavy-duty eActros for a real-world field test.

The truck will primarily be used to transport foodstuffs in the inner-city traffic of Frankfurt am Main, Wiesbaden, Mainz and numerous other municipalities in the Rhine-Main area of central Germany.

The daily distance from the Rigterink logistics premises in Flörsheim am Main to supermarket branches and various central logistics centres of supermarket chains is around 200 km.

The route will be driven once a day by the 25-tonne eActros, making full use of its range of around 200 km on a single charge.

The vehicle’s batteries will be charged overnight. eActros is powered by lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 240 kWh. Depending on the available capacity, fully charging takes around two hours (at 150 kW).

The truck features a refrigerated swap-body from Schmitz Cargobull, which allows for energy-efficient transport of the chilled produce.

Rigterink is one of 20 customers from various sectors that have integrated Merc’s electric truck into their fleets.

Each haulier will operate a near-series version of either the 18- or 25-tonne variant for around a year, and will test the respective vehicle for its suitability in daily operations.

The aim, said Mercedes- Benz, is to make emission-free and quiet driving in urban areas possible with heavy-duty trucks from 2021 onward.

The test series is broken down into two phases, each with 10 customers. The first eActros of the so-called “innovation fleet” has been in operation with a customer since September 2018.

The development and testing of the heavy-duty electric truck in short-radius distribution operations is sponsored as part of the “Concept ELV²” project to varying degrees by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).